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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Texting Finally Catching On in the US?

Americans haven't embraced SMS mobile text messaging the way that their European and Asian counterparts have. However, a new study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that one quarter of all US cell phone users have sent or received text messages within the past month.

Not surprisingly, the younger the user, the more likely he or she is to use texting features. Sixty-three percent of users aged 18-27 have used text messaging, compared with 31% of users aged 28-39, and 7% of users over 60.

The survey also found that 28% of those surveyed have received "spim" (instant-message spam) and other unsolicited messages.

Source: CNN.com